Monday, May 02, 2005

So, Friday night was a basic work on the house, get it ready to show kind of night, but we didn't overdo it, because we had an appointment early(ish) in the morning to go look at houses.

House Number One was a no-brainer, a second look at a house we'd already decided didn't feel like home. Christie nailed it when she said it felt like the house in the Incredibles. Not because it had cool architecture, or interesting...well, anything, but because coming home to that house would have felt like putting on a costume, though, given the house, we wouldn't have been The Incredibles, we'd have been The Suburbans. Nice place, I guess, if you're into impressive edifices, but very Not Us.

House Number Three, on the other hand, well that was more like a secret lair. Five bedrooms, funk architecture, built on a hill in the woods off a country road, five minutes from town, but if you didn't know it was there, you'd drive right by. I mean, sure, it had issues, but this place was cool. Did I mention the pool? How is it possible that this place is even in our price range? Oh, yeah, the septic tank: smelly, with a wee little bluish green creek running down the hill from the edge of the tank, past the decks, past the pool, wending its way toward the babbling brook at the bottom of the hill. Fresh sewage in a watershed? Replacing a septic tank on the side of a rocky hill? Suddenly this house is no longer in our price range. Dammit.

The Middle House has a lot going for it. Plenty of room, almost the perfect location, great light, plenty of storage, and just enough projects to keep us busy, while still being ready for us to move in. And it really does feel like a home. Was it love at first sight? No. But love at first sight generally doesn't work out that well, so I'm okay with like at first sight, and love on the second look. Which we're taking tomorrow night, assuming it's still on the market.

Saturday night was the night we went for a walk and got followed for a mile by a very friendly pit bull. That's another story, though.

Sunday? Sunday was more working on the house, with a nice side trip to Lowe's, where we found a massive clearance sale on appliances, which is ironic, since we're not actually in the market to buy any right now. I'm sure that we'll want some soon, by which time they'll be back to full price. But if you live in Columbia and have been looking for a new fridge, stove, or what have you, do yourself a favor and go to Lowe's. If you're not in Columbia, though, I don't think this offer applies, as the main reason for the clearance sale is that this particular store is redoing their kitchen department.

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